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  • Burundi Resolution at the United Nations

    The violent atrocities and political impasse in Burundi that have threatened our Unitarian siblings there continue to be of great concern to the international community. On July 29, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2303 ,...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/11/2016
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  • Climate Call to Action: Lessons from Bhutan

    When it comes to addressing climate change, we must draw from as many sources as possible to seek creative solutions. On July 13, I attended a side event at the United Nations Headquarters titled “Getting to Zero: A Poverty, Environment, and Climate Call to Action for the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/10/2016
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  • Joint Activism: Working Together for Human Rights and Dignity

    At the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), we work to ensure that all people’s human rights are upheld and respected, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. Although advocacy areas are often separated, with some organizations and people working to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/8/2016
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  • What Americans Owe the Hibakusha

    On the morning of August 6, seventy years after the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb, I was in Hiroshima. I entered sacred time and space in a ceremonial ritual at a place called “The Mound”—said to contain remains of the 70,000 people incinerated in the blast. A Buddhist monk stood...
    By Chris Antal | 8/5/2016
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  • Global Unitarian and Universalist community gathers in the Netherlands

    From July 17-23, 2016 the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists held its biennial Council Meeting and Conference in the Netherlands. Nearly 150 people, including a large delegation of Young Adults U/Us from around the world, gathered for planning, study, worship...
    By Eric Cherry | 8/5/2016
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  • Sports and Development: A Promising Pair

    With the summer Olympics coming up this month, sports are at the front of people's minds worldwide. Every couple of years we are reminded of the power of sports to bring the international community together in constructive, friendly competition. They serve as a symbol of our...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/4/2016
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  • Financing for Women, Peace, and Security

    Sixteen years ago, a landmark resolution on Women, Peace, and Security passed in the Security Council of the United Nations. That resolution, UNSCR 1325 , laid the foundation for a new approach to global security, and alongside the Beijing Declaration , the global community...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/26/2016
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  • Interfaith and International Engagement at UUA General Assembly

    At the end of June, Unitarian Universalists gathered in Columbus, OH for a week of learning, worship, and activism. The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly this year brought a special perspective to UU social justice work. The theme for GA 2016 was “Heartland:...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/14/2016
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  • Tracing the Origins of Racism

    Understanding the origins of racism can help to think creatively about ways to combat it - this blog post discusses an event near the United Nations focused on this theme.
    By Seble Alemu | 6/27/2016
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  • World Refugee Day, 2016

    As we celebrate World Refugee Day, let us remember that all of our peoples migrated from somewhere else. Even indigenous peoples have migrated. Migration is always difficult, but perhaps it is harder now than it’s been for a long time. There are some 65 million people who are...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/20/2016
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  • Bolder Ways of Being a Unitarian Universalist Activist

    On May 20th - 22nd, 2016, the Canadian Unitarian Council invited Unitarian Universalists across Canada to explore Bolder Ways of Being in Vancouver. For their now bi-annual national conference, participants were invited to learn and discuss ways to step out of their comfort...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 6/16/2016
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  • Inclusive Education for Global Citizenship: UN Conference in Gyeongju, Korea

    The 66th Annual United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference was held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea from May 30 through June 1, 2016. This year’s conference was on Education for Global Citizenship : Achieving the...
    By Bruce Knotts | 6/15/2016
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  • Ethical Eating: A Solution to Climate Change

    As climate change continues on its current course, it becomes an increasing existential threat to human civilization. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office’s (UU-UNO's) Climate Justice Initiative is compelled to acknowledge this threat, and try to find solutions from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/31/2016
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  • Letter from a Blue Ribbon Congregation: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington

    Why and how does the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, New York, continue its support of the UU United Nations Office at the "Blue Ribbon Congregation Award" level In June 2016, at this year’s UUA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, our congregation, the Unitarian...
    By Allison Hess | 5/25/2016
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  • General Assembly 2016: Where Faiths Connect

    Insert photo gallery here The 54th anniversary of the UUA’s General Assembly was a rich and interconnected hub of activity on the international front as we hosted guests representing over eight nationalities. Additionally, numerous events, workshops, and celebrations with an...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/27/2016
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  • The Colors of Inequality: 2016 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar

    This guest post on our blog is from Isabella Gavanski, one of the Youth participants in this year's Intergenerational Spring Seminar - The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences . My name is Isabella Gavanski, I am 15 years old and I attend the Lakeshore Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources: UU United Nations Office | 4/25/2016
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  • A Different Kind of Social Justice – Pastoral Care, from Accotink to Ajijic

    Contributions by Scott Sammler Michael & SMDA Our fellowship was born in 1987 when a small group of expatriate religious liberals came together to meet as Unitarian Universalists in San Miguel de Allende. The fellowship has been active and thriving ever since. Every UU...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 4/8/2016
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  • United Nations Reform: Slow, patient work to make the UN better

    Bruce Knotts is Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office. He also serves as Chair of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security and Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on Human Rights. As President and CEO of the NGO Committee on Disarmament...
    By Bruce Knotts | 3/30/2016
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  • Of Trees and Sweeping

    Florence Caplow is a Soto Zen priest in the Suzuki Roshi lineage, and a dharma teacher, field botanist, UU seminarian at Iliff School of Theology, essayist, and editor. She was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship in 2015 and is currently on her visit with...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/17/2016
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  • Behind the scenes at COP21

    This guest post is by Ahti Tolvanen. Ahti is a UU-UNO Envoy for Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here he writes about his experience as a participant in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) international climate change conference in Paris, which took...
    By Allison Hess | 2/23/2016
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